5 Fun Reasons to Have a School Library Photo Booth

Last updated: 07-01-2018

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5 Fun Reasons to Have a School Library Photo Booth

HASHTAG IT!! Create a unique hashtag for your library, school, or event and use it liberally! Every picture gets the hashtag. BUT --- check it out first. You don't want to use a hashtag that links to inappropriate content.

Connect with the community via your hashtag. Use the hashtag for your school district, county, or state.

With so much negative out there in the news, especially about public schools and teenagers, out there on Social Media, don't you think fun Photo Booth pics of kids is a great way to push the positive?

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I went to the Art Room and got some brown butcher paper and slapped it up on the wall using decorative duct tape. Then I made signs promoting our Library on my computer with fun fonts using just regular laser jet signs on color paper. But I did NOT laminate them because - glare. 

For the June Jamboree event I laminated colored plastic wrap with glitter, then layered the colors to create a shiny rainbow backdrop. 

What kinds of things have you done to make the Library Media Center a destination or to bring kids into your library? Do you have a Photo Booth? Any other reasons you can think of that are good to have a Photo Booth? I stopped at 5 because of the alliteration and of course, lazy! LOL

As always, thank you for reading and have a great summer friends! 

I've noticed lately that Photo booths—in all shapes and sizes—are becoming increasingly popular at events.  From fairs, community outreaches, dances, weddings, even Bat Mitzvahs, the photo booth is providing more than fun and games. So, here's my list of 5 ways your school library (or classroom) can benefit from a photo booth. This fun, easy, & cheap DIY Photo Booth has added a lot of fun to our school library and our end of the year celebration, our June Jamboree. WARNING: If you don't know what your school photo or BYOD policy is -  you really need to find out before creating a photo booth. Every district or school can be different.   But in our school we discourage most photos and videos being taken unless it's for a special event, part of a  classroom lesson or experiment, or for a good reason. A photo booth is a good reason! The cool thing about a photo booth it creates yet ANOTHER reason for kids to flock to the Library Media Center. If they can't take pics in other parts of the school, I always say - bring your friends to our Photo Booth! Birthday? Photo Booth. Transferring away & want pics? Photo Booth. Shelfie? Photo Booth! or I mustache you to gather round, folks! I've noticed that at parties that have photo booths, it really amps up the excitement. People start to dress up, talk, pose, get silly, and mix it up. This is a good thing for a school library! Positive engagement equals a positive opinion of the Library Media Center. I've blogged before about the power of the shelfie. I usually take them from behind the Circ Desk after a kid checks out a book. But the Photo booth is another way to take that shelfie, with the shefie stick! (Just a stick that says #Shelfie-- heh heh see 3rd picture in this post) Read more: 12 Insta Easy Instagram Library & Literacy Promotion Ideas People love props. Kids love props. Who doesn't like dress up? Some kids are shy or parents don't want them to be in photos or on Social Media - props help break the ice or disguise them. They don't have to be expensive, either! I made some using my favorite Digital Photo fun destination @PicMonkeyApp !  They have the emojis, call out graphics, Super Hero sayings, and great fonts to use! Don't want to go to all the effort? That's OK! I did it for you! Download and print these 2 PDFs. OR... get them on the cheap via Amazon. I also bought a cardboard fancy picture frame and taped it to a square of foam core to make it sturdy. Awesome 7th grade Math Teacher Ms. Behrens @lbehrens8511 also made a cool photo frame using cardboard and stick on letters that said MHMS Memories and we also borrowed that for the event. This frame was BIG! Look above, it fit five kids in one picture! Make sure you can fit in at least 2-3 kids when planning these. Twitter Example: #MHMSMd #HoCoMd , and #Maryland Instagram Example: #MHMSMd

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